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Unconfirmed: More BlackBerry Pearl 2 Details

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To follow up on our own BlackBerry Pearl 2 details, Boy Genius Report has their own leak that's telling them what RIM has in store for the second-gen Pearl.

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First off, BGR is saying the Pearl 2 will have a 3.2-megapixel camera instead of a 2-megapixel camera like we said. Very interesting. Also interesting is the 3.5mm headset jack, as well as an improved Voice Notes app and media apps.

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Here are the preliminary, unconfirmed specs:

* 3.2 megapixel camera * Flash improvement and 6x digital zoom * 3.5 mm Headset Jack * External MicroSD slot * SureType device * New keypad technology * 240×260 LCD display * Wi-Fi capable * 64MB of memory * Streaming media support * 4.5 hours of talk time/15 days of standby * Stereo Bluetooth * Windows Media DRM & MTP * New metallic colors * "Top and rear loudspeaker port" * Voice Notes enhancements * A new battery door latch * "Improved Front Receiver Porting" * Improved Lanyard design * Improved Mic with wind protection * Motion Lock * Improved SIM card holder * High speed USB * Improved mechanical design, and build quality

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DISCUSSION

I *just* jumped ship from the Treo 650 to the Pearl. Granted, it's only been a few days, but I'm pretty happy overall. It's been as stable as any other Blackberry that I've used (7750, 7250, 7130e,) but it's just *tiny.*

To add insult to injury, it's much better at Bluetooth DUN than the Treo 650, providing equivalent speeds without having to enable the option all the time. It also works in Vista, which is FAR more than I can say for the Treo, at least when combined with the Toshiba BT stack on my computer. For that matter, BT voice dialing actually works, as opposed to the Treo's halfassery.

The problem, unfortunately, is that the Treo prepares you for certain UI concepts that the BB UI just won't accept, at least not by default.

Five pages of speed dial contacts? Nuh-uh.

Decent web browsing? No way.

Touchscreen functionality? Tough luck.

I also have yet to find a decent Sudoku game for the BB, as the one I ran on the Treo was excellent.

For all of the deficiencies, however, the fact that the Pearl Just Works for all of the basic features that the Treo should have had right from the start makes it a huge win for me.

1) BT should transparently provide the option to transfer files, use DUN, and pair to a headset with full voice dialing support.

2) Cameras should load up quickly and take pictures quickly.

3) Media players should work well out of the box, and provide ringtone integration.

4) It should be shaped and sized like a phone, not like a deck of cards.

I loved my Treo, because I loved PalmOS. I still think that it's a decent platform, but it's been stagnating for too long, and while it hasn't evolved, my requirements certainly have.